Part of FringeNYC: Do you dare spend a night at the Haunted Hideaway!?! Spooky Sounds! Frightening Fun! Featuring... spine-chilling stories of relentless banality and heedless children! You've never been scared 'til you've been scared in Natural Vision 3-D. In thrilling full color! More…
Categories: Puppetry, Comedy, Local. From Playlab NYC. Written by Kevin P. Hale. Directed by Kevin P. Hale.
FROM THE ARTIST:
Playlab NYC is proud to present Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway as part of the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. We are thrilled that this will be our fifth presentation at FringeNYC, and Playlab NYC will bring back our love of puppetry and puns. Haunted Hideaway is created for anyone who adores classic children's television and local Shock Theater horror hosts.
Haunted Hideaway is a hangout comedy built around life in the "Haunted Hideaway." Join us as two friends, Ernest Headstone and Ima Knotgoth tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both human and puppets. What transpires is a fast-paced hour of frightening fun that includes stories of relentless banality and heedless children as well as featuring sounds and stories of the supernatural.
“If you’re a fan of the fright genre and nostalgic for classic Saturday morning TV shows for kids, ‘Hideaway’ will have you screaming with laughter! The one-hour parody is filled with funny faux fear, loaded with lots of alliteration, and punctuated with preposterous puns and witty word plays with macabre meanings...The fun and frights are supported by a devilishly delicious design...Sound by Jeanne E. Travis and lighting by Jennifer Linn Wilcox are appropriately hair-raising.” Full Review
"It's welcome that 'Hideaway' doesn't try to be more than it is: a compendium of playful segments, clever visual tricks, and silly jokes. There are no hidden meanings or artificial complexities, and the intermingling of horror and children's television tropes is a good deal of fun...The segments themselves maintain a healthy pace and integrate diverse material...By the end, the premise has started to wear a bit thin, but the amusing 'Hideaway' is a certainly a nice stop for a quick visit." Full Review
"Not all plays require a deep, complex script as the main source of their entertainment value. 'Hideaway' relies less on plot and more on short films, puppetry, and props…The many props used throughout 'Hideaway' are well-crafted, and it's enjoyable to watch them being used…Despite Hideaway's strong aesthetics, more could have been done regarding the plot character development. That said, while the show is hardly a theatrical masterpiece, it certainly is fun." Full Review
See it if You have a sense of humor of the tried and true variety. Example: painting with a severed body part is referred to as finger painting.
Don't see it if You are afraid of a rabbit puppet
See it if you like horror hosts, nostalgia, quick pace, puppets, puns, and tongue twisters. Not a FringeJr. show but still ok for kids 10ish+
Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or actually scary
See it if you have nostalgia for old children's TV, you want to see a little puppetry, and you have an appetite for pun-based humor.
Don't see it if the idea of puns shoehorned into basically every line horrifies you. Also don't expect a ton of puppetry; it's only a minor component.
See it if you like to have FUN. The two actors are great at delivering puns and take you on a rollercoaster of laughs with each other and the puppets.
Don't see it if you want something serious. If you don't like old horror hosts shows or weren't a fan of Scooby Doo mystery solving growing up.
See it if You enjoy horror TV hosts, spooky puns and a mix of mystery radio theatre and funny spooky campfire tales.
Don't see it if you want to see something serious, don't enjoy puns or if you didn't like to have fun Halloween times as a kid.